Vista BOOTMGR is Missing and the Importance of the UPS
Some folks are passionate about Power. I know that Power Supplies for PCs vary greatly in quality and I could buy smoother/more powerful/quieter supplies, but that's more effort that I'm willing to expend. Now, Uninterruptible Power Supplies, that's a whole other things for me.
Mo's machine died last night, in the middle of a complete power outage that lasted about 1 minute. It apparently happened "between heartbeats" on her computer because now it says "BOOTMGR is Missing."
Hers was the only machine that didn't have a UPS connected. We were watching a show at the time and the HDTV and DVR - connected to a UPS - didn't blink. My mistake, and that's what I get, eh? Time for the every-3-years refresh of UPS's and Batteries for the Hanselman house. I like APC, they are inexpensive and have replaceable batteries. Off to Circuit City.
Now I've got a UPS for every computer in the house, our TV setup and DVR, and the Network Wiring Closet.
- Mo's small computer and LCD - APC 550VA
- My beefy computer along with the Cable Modem and Vonage Router - APC 750VA
- Home Server running headless with 3 external drives - APC 550VA
- Router and Wireless Router - APC350VA
- LCD HDTV, DVR and Stereo in the Living Room - APC 750VA
I'm less interested in a super-powered UPS that will keep me running and working for hours, and more interested in one that will keep spikes down, clean up power dips (brown-outs) and deal with complete power outages that last less than 10 minutes.
Do yourself, and your parents, a favor, and go get UPS's for all.
Oh, how did I fixed that BOOTMGR thing? I booted off the original Vista DVD, selected Repair and was guided through a VERY slick and intensive repair process that worked famously. Kudos Vista FIXBOOT team.